Be There Wisconsin
Veteran Suicide Prevention Task Force
“Someone dies of suicide every 10 hours in Wisconsin, and 1 in 5 of those deaths are a Veteran. Help us prevent Veteran Suicide!”
– Dr. Bert Berger, BeThereWis Task Force Chair
The Veteran Suicide Prevention Task Force began in early 2020 with the urgent need to decrease Veteran suicides in Wisconsin. The task force is chaired by Dr. Bert Berger, Chief of the Mental Health Division of the Zablocki VA Medical Center and in collaboration with the War Memorial Center, Veterans Health Coalition, Medical College of Wisconsin, and many community partners passionate about helping Wisconsin veterans.
The goals of the task force include increasing public awareness, increase and improving access to resources that help Veterans in crisis, having clinical resources readily available to all Veteran and conducting research to inform policy and systemic changes to decrease veteran suicides. See below for more information about each of these divisions.
Public Health Messaging
Research & Policy